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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Fish & Wildlife > Hunting & Trapping > Waterfowl & Migratory Game Birds > Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons & Regulations Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons & Regulations

2016 Early Waterfowl and Migratory Bird Regulations

NOTE: Migratory and waterfowl hunting dates are set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in cooperation with Indiana DNR. Dates are usually available mid- to late-August.

A valid hunting license is required to hunt migratory game birds and waterfowl. In addition, HIP registration, Indiana Game Bird or Indiana Migratory Waterfowl stamp privileges, and a Federal Migratory Bird hunting stamp may also be required as noted below.

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2016 Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons and Regulations

Species Hunting Dates
Rails (Sora only) Sept. 1 - Nov. 9
Daily bag: 25 and possession limit: 75; Shooting hours: half-hour before sunrise to sunset HIP Registration Required

Species Hunting Dates
Mourning Doves Sept. 1 - Oct. 16 and Nov. 1 - 13, Dec. 10 - Jan. 8, 2017
Daily bag limit: 15 and Possession limit: 45; Shooting hours: half-hour before sunrise to sunset HIP Registration & Game Bird Habitat Stamp Required

Species Hunting Dates
Moorhens (Common) Closed

Species Hunting Dates
Woodcock Oct. 15 - Nov. 28
Daily bag limit: 3 and Possession limit: 9; Shooting hours: half-hour before sunrise to sunset HIP Registration Required NOTE: Woodcock hunters must wear exposed at all times as an outer garment one or more of the following articles that is solid hunter orange in color: a vest, coat, jacket, coveralls, hat or cap.

Species Hunting Dates
Snipe (Common) Sept. 1 - Dec. 16
Daily bag limit: 8 and Possession limit: 24; Shooting hours: half-hour before sunrise to sunset HIP Registration Required

Early teal and Canada goose information can be found on the main waterfowl page now since all the waterfowl seasons are set early.